Technical Officer (VPD Surveillance), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Thursday, 18 February 2021

Technical Officer (VPD Surveillance)

( 2005177 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: Jan 28, 2021, 10:44:41 AM

The IVB Department’s mission is ‚To promote the health and well-being of all people, in all countries, by advancing the impact of vaccines and immunization programmes through partnership and leadership; policies and guidance; evidence and research‘. Our work is aligned with the WHO 13th Global Programme of Work (GPW13), with a central focus to drive impact in countries, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages.The Strategic Objectives of the IVB Department include:1) Establishing global immunization agendas, strategies and policies to build and harness commitment to action.2) Promoting research and innovation to increase impact of vaccines, technologies and immunization practices.3) Advancing evidence-based introduction and access to vaccines and immunization innovations.4) Optimizing immunization delivery to ensure high-impact, sustainable and equitable programmes.5) Harnessing Vaccine Alliances and Partnerships, including collaborations with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and key WHO partners, towards cross-programme coordination and collaboration in pursuit of universal health coverage.


Support coordination and implementation of the global external quality assessment (EQA) programmes for Invasive Bacterial Diseases (IBD), Rotavirus (RV) and Measles-Rubella laboratory networks and potentially other VPDs such as yellow fever in liaison with the WHO regional offices to ensure that all participating laboratories are enrolled in the yearly proficiency testing panels surveys and monitoring the outcome of annual surveys, and evaluating the progress of laboratories over time.Participate in the coordination ofcontractual agreements between WHO and global reference laboratories and other partnering laboratories and draft the letters of agreement with identified terms of reference and timelines for specific activities.Assist in the coordination of the global paediatric diarrheal diseases surveillance and potentially other VPDs networks and communicate with regional offices and countries to ensure timely implementation of activities to reach the EPI surveillance programmes objectives.Provide support to conduct global and regional laboratory workshops to enhance laboratory capacities for VPDs diagnosis as needed.Analyse RV, IBD and other VPDs laboratory and epidemiologic data submitted to WHO headquarters and produce summary data to be included in the WHO bulletins and other reports and publications.Support the Global Measles Rubella Laboratory Network accreditation programme and the WHO qualification process of measles and rubella serologic assay.Perform all other related duties as assigned.Provide support to coordination and implementation of activities to the global laboratory and surveillance networks for new vaccines surveillance and measles-rubella and other VPD laboratory networks on ad-hoc basis as priorities arise during the assignment.



Essential: First level university degree in Public Health, Laboratory Science or relevant related fields.

Desirable: An advanced university degree in Public Health, Laboratory Science or relevant related fields.Additional training in epidemiology and data analysis and statistical software such as STATA and R.


Essential: At least five years‘ professional related work experience in the health sector (either public or private), including demonstrated work experience within the context of low-resource country settings.Working experience in the one or more of the following areas: surveillance, laboratory networks, quality assurance systems and data analysis. Demonstrated experience in working in program coordination and implementation in the health sector.

Desirable: Experience with the implementation of external quality assessment and accreditation for laboratories and proven analytical skills for laboratory molecular data.Experience in the UN system or significant immunization partner organization


- Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance systems.- Strong knowledge of laboratory networks and laboratory methodology and quality assurance/quality control.- Strong analytical and writing skills to identify critical technical issues and prepare a variety of documents, able to present and explain complex ideas and information in a succinct, logical way that is easy to understand.- Experience in managing data and producing graphics.- Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.- Proven ability to work towards deadlines and within budget constraints, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.- Excellent oral communication skills.- Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.- Conscientiousness with ability to take initiative and work independently.- Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4547 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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